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YoopreMama

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All about Spring Tonics...
« on: June 26, 2008, 10:01:37 AM »
I ran across an old Amish spring tonic recipe that included cream of tartar, Epsom salts, and sulphur.   :o  :-X  :P  I remembered that there was a small section in NT on tonics, too, and found this:

Mountain Remedies

SPRING TONIC - Good For What Ails You

(First Appeared in The Mountain Laurel, March, 1983 issue.)

Many old timers around here tell of springtime in their youth and Mama's spring tonic. The recipe varied greatly from one family to another but one thing remained constant, there was no getting around taking a dose of it.

The most common ingredient was spicewood twigs, to this might be added Boneset leaves, dried in the fall or fresh violet leaves. (Violet leaves are now known to contain a high vitamin C content.)

The tonics were usually bitter, foul tasting concoctions that would, "Make your blood rise like the sap in a tree." The more compassionate mothers laced it with honey, though the general feeling was if it tasted good, it wasn't doing you any good. Many of these remedies have been found to have a good medical reason. Ground Ivy was made into a tea for colicky babies. We know today it contains a mild tranquilizer. Its a wonder people survived other remedies such as brown sugar and kerosene for whooping cough.

All in all, unpleasant as spring tonic must have been, everyone I asked remembered it quite clearly though none seemed to remember seeing their mother take it herself!


http://www.mtnlaurel.com/Recipes/sprtonic.htm

Anyone has some recipes to share (even though spring has come and gone)?

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Re: All about Spring Tonics...
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2008, 12:58:14 PM »
I have always told our children about my mother making sassafras tea for us and serving it in her good china cups and saucers.  She would serve a tea party for us two or three times every Spring and tell us that it was a Spring Tonic.  She said that her mother did the same thing.
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Re: All about Spring Tonics...
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2008, 04:38:11 AM »
What is ground ivy?  And does violet leaves refer to the wild purple things that grow in my yard or something else?
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Re: All about Spring Tonics...
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2008, 05:12:34 AM »
Here's some information on ground ivy, also known as creeping charlie;

http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_ground_ivy.htm

and a better picture here;
 
   http://altnature.com/Herbs2003/pages/groundivy4426.html

And yes, hb, it's my understanding that the violet leaves from the pretty, purple flowering violets in your yard are good for you.
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Re: All about Spring Tonics...
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2008, 05:12:55 AM »
According to my studies ground ivy is the same thing as creeping charlie.

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Re: All about Spring Tonics...
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2008, 05:15:13 AM »
ditto BJ and ladyhen.


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Re: All about Spring Tonics...
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2008, 05:25:22 AM »
All I can add is:

Remember in Charlotte's Web when Wilbur is down and Mrs. Zuckerman says she knows just what she needs to fix him up?  At least I think it's her.

"A good spring tonic!"

I think it had molasses in it . . .

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« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2008, 06:03:42 AM »
Here's some information on ground ivy, also known as creeping charlie;

http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_ground_ivy.htm

and a better picture here;
 
   http://altnature.com/Herbs2003/pages/groundivy4426.html

And yes, hb, it's my understanding that the violet leaves from the pretty, purple flowering violets in your yard are good for you.
Thanks. I should probably have known that since I started the thread.   ;D  ::)

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